I have to say, that I almost don't want to tell other people about this place because then I'll have a harder time getting a cabin. But, since I found about this place through TripAdvisor, fair is fair.
In August I was sooooo sick of the hot weather in Texas that I looked up on weatherunderground.com to find the coolest place in the US to go stay. Originally I planned on Colorado Springs, but they were in triple digits as well.
I caught a puddle jumper plane from Dallas to El Paso (much closer to Ruidoso) and drove up to Ruidoso. First of all the change in scenery is astounding. You go from this grinding arid desertscape, into open sands (White Sands), then to boulders, then to mountains with pine trees.
Between El Paso and the upper canyon of Ruidoso, the temperature dropped 30 degrees at least. The Upper Canyon is all winding roads and steep hills and pine trees with little cabins everywhere. It is adorable.
Story Book is in the same neighborhood as Noisy Water, Black Bear etc. but after walking around and seeing them, I think I chose the best. Each of the little cabins face a different direction and they have a different number of beds. The one I stayed in ..#7, had a hammock on the front porch (glorious!!!), a little kitchen, fireplace and a darling rustic King bed that if I could have stuffed it into a suitcase and brought it home with me I would have. The kitchen had a fridge, stove, microwave, coffee pot, dishes, a teakettle...basically everything you need.
Every morning I'd go out onto the stoop and sip my hot tea in the fabulous 50 degree weather, pet the local dog who comes to visit shamelessly guilting you into stopping at the town's doggy bakery, watch the hummingbirds fight over the feeder, and just inhaling real air and listening to the hummingbirds cuss each other out. Other than that, it is very quiet. August is monsoon season, so every afternoon at 3pm it would start raining. The sunset comes early because of the pine forest, and with it, the temperature drops at about 5:30 pm, enough to have to grab a sweater.
Day trips are quick and can include Albuquerque (3 hours), Roswell (1 hour), White Sands (1 hour), Cloudcroft (1 hour), Smokey Bears Final Resting Place (1 hour), Ski Apache, Mescalera, Billy the Kid's old house, etc. You can scoot out for the morning to sightsee or go shopping in Ruidoso, and still be back to take walks in the woods. Don't miss the Full Moon Festival at White Sands (take your snow saucer to go down the dunes), or the VLA (Very large array Radioscope).
The cabins are like a community. People sit out on their porch and you can walk around and talk to them. I found it very funny that three of my cabin neighbors were all from 10 miles radius from my house in DFW. Apparently, Dallasites already know about this cute little place. For many of the people, this was their 4th or 5th stay. I understand completely. As soon as I left and got back to the 90-110 degree weather in Dallas, I wanted to turn around and go back. I will definitely be back...probably in winter.
All in all...a lovely quiet paradise for a weary soul.
- Also Known As:
- Story Book Cabins Hotel
- Story Book Cabins Hotel Ruidoso
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Ruidoso, New Mexico, Story Book Cabins offers upscale rustic knotty pine rental cabins nestled amid the tall trees. A great setting for family fun, romantic getaway or honeymoon. Just minutes from the restaurants, shops and art galleries of Ruidoso's midtown area, yet away from it all in Historic Upper Canyon. It's easy to relax among the cool mountain pines. Whether for a weekend or a week, you'll want to return time and again to the magic of Story Book Cabins. Each Ruidoso rental cabin is unique in both design and details. Choice amenities such as a full kitchen, washer/dryer, fireplace, hot tub, cable TV with DVD, and Wi-Fi are available. Combined with tasteful artwork and creative log furnishings, a comfortable and memorable living space is yours to enjoy. ... more less